Making roads safer for cyclists will help New Zealand's
retailers, a Canterbury University professor says.
The comment, from Department of Geography Professor Simon
Kingham, follows a raft of cycling accidents over the summer
- including the death of Auckland cyclist John Tangiia, 37,
earlier this month.
"There is significant evidence showing people who cycle to
shops spend more money," Prof Kingham said.
"The main beneficiaries are non-cyclists as it gives them
Prof Kingham called on the Government to improve road
conditions for cyclists, highlighting research which showed
traffic was the biggest obstacle for those keen to get on
"The evidence is clear. Make people feel safe on bikes and
people will use them.
"Painted white lines are just not safe acceptable for the
cycling community. Research carried out at [Canterbury
University] shows that fear of traffic is the biggest barrier
to people cycling. The solution is to provide physical
separation from traffic through protected cycle lanes where
cyclists are physically separated from traffic," he said.
Each year, an average of more than 300 cyclists require
hospital treatment, and about 10 cyclists die as a result of
"It is never acceptable, but some injuries and fatalities are
inevitable," he said.
- Teuila Fuatai of APNZ